Depression Treatment Training Program

Despite the education around it, depression is a condition that continues to be widely misunderstood. Many people will use the term ‘depression’ in everyday speech to simply mean that they are sad or feeling down — which leads many to downplay the importance of treating depressive disorders.

Clinical depression is a common problem that will afflict close to one in six people over the course of their lives. During a depressive episode, a person may isolate and cut themselves off from close friends or family members, lose interest in hobbies, stop travelling, lose self-esteem or confidence, and much more.

Some people describe the experience of depression like living in a grey world that has been robbed of joy, meaning, or purpose, although the condition is not always this dramatic. Many people will not even realize that they are living through a period of depression, or may underestimate the severity of their condition.

If you are a mental health professional looking for training on depression treatment, our program will help you address the root causes of depression — instead of just the symptoms.

Although individuals may be genetically predisposed to experience depression, the condition is often rooted in traumatic events in a person’s early childhood. A person who experienced serious depression as a child may find that similar situations will trigger this same response in later life.

The ITTM Training Program is designed to provide practitioners with the tools to identify the root causes of depressive disorders in children and their caregivers and treat them effectively. The ITTM is able to treat many common depressive disorders, including:

  • Persistent Depressive Disorder — The individual will experience depression on a regular basis, without any specific cause or reason behind it.
  • Postpartum Depression — A woman will experience postpartum depression after giving birth or suffering a miscarriage late in their pregnancy.
  • Bipolar Disorders — The individual will alternate between periods of depressive and elevated or manic moods, which can cause sudden changes in behaviour.

About the ITTM

The Intergenerational Trauma Treatment Model (ITTM) is a complex trauma treatment program for children (aged 3 to 18 years) and their caregivers. It is the only trauma treatment program that addresses the unresolved trauma history of the parent or caregiver — in addition to the trauma of the child.

The ITTM approaches trauma treatment by addressing the impact of the traumatic event, not the event itself. Every person will assign meaning to a traumatic event in their own, individual way. Two people may experience a nearly identical event and assign completely different meanings, based on how they interpret it.

The ITTM provides evidence-based treatment for depression in a fully-manualized program that was created by a clinical practitioner for other practitioners. It is currently operating in 11 clinics across Ontario and over 300 practitioners worldwide have been trained in the ITTM model.

Training Program for Depression Treatment

The ITTM Training Program is a 50-hour online training module that is designed to provide practitioners with the theoretical basis required to use the ITTM model for private or clinical practice. Clinic-wide training programs are also available — learn more here.

The ITTM program provides a comprehensive treatment plan for depression. The training is delivered through a combination of digital readings, video lectures and demonstrations, and one-on-one consultations with the certified trainers via video conferencing.

Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to work directly with experienced ITTM Trainers and ask questions to deepen your understanding of the material.


About Valerie Copping

Valerie Copping, PsyD., is a passionate scholar and practitioner in the field of clinical psychology, who divides her time between clinical practice, training and consulting, and scholarly writing and research.

Valerie’s twenty-five years of clinical skills training, clinical supervision, research and practice inform her approach to complex trauma treatment. She continues to work on the development of effective, comprehensive, and innovative treatments for children who have experienced trauma and their caregivers.